As you may have noticed from the flurry of whisky posts, the end of May saw Feis Ile, the music and whisky festival on the sparkling Hebridean island of Islay. A small island with eight distilleries squeezed onto it, all flinging their doors open and welcoming the hoards inside.
I blogged each open day as I went along, as close to ‘live blogging’ as the whisky (and the less than ideal mobile signal) allowed. Now I’m back home, it’s easier to fit more than one picture to a post!
We arrived on Saturday and headed to Lagavulin before we even got to the cottage we were staying in. Sunday brought us the big party at Bruichladdich, while Monday took us to the rather grey and industrial-looking Caol Ila – surprising because I’d always thought of it as such a pretty little place. Needs a proper clean-up!
Tuesday took us back down to the south at Laphroaig, and Wednesday saw us in the heart of the island in Bowmore. Out into the countryside for Kilchoman on Thursday and another good party for Friday at Bunnahabhain.
Just before we got on the ferry to head home, we got to spend a chilled morning at Ardbeg on the final Saturday. In all that time, we had more sunshine that is reasonable to expect in Scotland, a warm welcome literally everywhere we went, and of course some rather tasty drams.